With its eight-month winters, perpetual road construction, and large number of men and women who done us wrong, Chicago unsurprisingly provides fertile soil for the blues. Today's Groupon treats you to the city's number-one musical export: for $20, you get $40 worth of soul food, drinks, and live music at Buddy Guy's Legends. While this Groupon can't be applied toward cover charges during special events, it can be used to cover your cover during normal performances ($10 Sunday through Thursday, $15 Friday and Saturday). The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Buddy Guy's also has live music during lunch hours, Monday through Thursday, from noon until 2 p.m.
As much a Chi-Town institution as bipartisan baseball, Buddy Guy's Legends has been serving up hefty helpings of razor-edged electric riffs and soulful self-pity from the corner of Balbo and Wabash for 20 years running. During those decades, its walls have accumulated a museum's worth of musical memorabilia, such as Koko Taylor's evening gown from 1957; owner Buddy Guy's two Grammys; the sousaphone Muddy Waters famously set on fire onstage in 1987; and guitars that have emanated the azure acoustics of B.B. King, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Grab a seat at a table facing the stage that has hosted greats such as Bo Diddley, Albert Collins, ZZ Top, David Bowie, and Slash. Live musical acts both local and international take the stage every night, so you might be treated to the nation's next top soul source—or spot a past legend such as The Who's Pete Townshend blinking rhythmically from a neighboring table.
As you nod your head soulfully to the beats, partake of a massive menu of Southern soul food and Creole cuisine. Awaken your mouth with Buddy's bucket ($16.95) of crawfish tails, chicken wings, catfish, okra, fries, and a whole bunch of dipping sauces before moving on to favorites such as jumbo gumbo ($16.95), chicken-fried steak ($16.95), and the legendary etouffée ($13.95). Otherwise, keep a hand open for air-guitaring with a Buddy's blackened blues burger ($8.95) topped with blue cheese. Or cure your "my shirt's too clean" blues with a full slab of barbecue baby back ribs ($16.95). The bar's hefty lineup of beers keeps sorrows thoroughly drowned. Share today's Groupon with a friend or an out-of-town guest and brainstorm good blues-singer nicknames over a musical meal at Buddy Guy's Legends.
Must be 21 or older to enter after 8 p.m. Not valid for merchandise.